Carver Lake Park and Beach
Carver Lake Beach is currently closed due to blue-green algae.
Carver Lake Beach is an unguarded beach, no lifeguard is on duty. Swim at your own risk. Questions can be directed to Woodbury Parks and Recreation at 651-714-3583 or via email.
- Children 6 years and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water
- No glass containers
- No pets allowed
- No smoking allowed
- No fishing
- No fires allowed
- No boat, canoe, or kayak launching
- No alcohol (except by permit)
All park guests should practice "see something, say something" and report disorderly behavior as they recognize it by calling 911 or the non-emergency number 651-439-9381.
Health and Safety Tips
- Take safety breaks from swimming and stay hydrated
- Shower after being at the beach
- Don't swallow water
- Wash your hands thoroughly before eating and after using the bathroom
- Put tight-fitting rubber or plastic pants on children who wear diapers or aren’t toilet-trained
- Don't attract birds to the beach by feeding them
- Pick up your trash
- Buoys are intended to notify boats of swim area, they do not indicate depth of the lake.
Carver Lake Park Open Air Shelter
Blue-green algae has occasionally been present in Carver Lake. If a bloom is found, the beach will be closed.
Not all blue-green algal blooms produce toxins; however, there is no way to predict if or when a bloom will produce toxins. For this reason it is best to avoid contact and stay out of the water when blooms are present. If you believe you or your pets are experiencing adverse health effects due to contact with, or ingestion of, lake water or algae, seek medical attention immediately.
The following Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) fact sheets include photos and more information about blue-green algae.
E. Coli Testing at Carver Lake Beach
E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a single-celled bacteria with a variety of strains. While most strains are harmless, some can make us sick. While water sample tests cannot tell the difference between good or bad strains of E coli, the higher the reported number, the greater the risk that a harmful strain is present.
After a large rainfall, bacteria accumulated within the immediate watershed may run off into the swimming area. In particular, a primary source of bacteria is goose feces that can run off into the swimming area. This runoff can lead to increased E coli levels. Warmer water temperatures mean more bacteria growth and higher levels.
You can reduce the chances of getting sick while swimming at beaches by:
- Avoiding getting water in your mouth
- Washing hands after swimming and before eating
- Avoiding swimming after significant rainfall
The City of Woodbury will test for E coli at Carver Lake Beach on a weekly basis between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If the results exceed state guidelines, the beach will be closed. The beach will re-open once the water has been sampled and levels are back to within the state guidelines.